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Audiology Center - Hearing & Balance Disorders

Nearly 30 million Americans have impaired hearing. The most common cause of hearing loss in children is otitis media. For the elderly-the largest group affected-excessive noise, drugs, toxins, and heredity are the most frequent contributing factors.

Hearing loss is a medical disorder. In a limited number of patients, it can be surgically corrected; for many other patients, medical devices and rehabilitation are alternatives that may reduce the impact of hearing loss and improve the quality of life for patients who cannot be helped by surgery.

Do I have a Hearing Loss?

If you answer “yes” to one or more of the following statements, it may be time to have a comprehensive audiologic evaluation.

  • Is there a family history of hearing loss?
  • Have you had significant occupational or recreational noise exposure (including military service)?
  • Do you experience ringing/buzzing or noise in either ear?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing the conversation in a crowded or noisy room?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing the dialog on TV or in movies or radio?
  • Even after increasing the volume of the TV or radio, do you continue to have difficulty understanding the dialog?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing the speaker at public meetings or religious services?
  • Do you feel that people mumble or do not speak clearly?
  • Do you strain to hear when someone speaks or whispers?
  • Do you feel that your hearing interferes with your personal, family or social life?

I think I have a hearing loss. Now what?

I answered “yes” to several of the statements, so what is the next step?

  • Discuss your concerns with your physician. They may refer you to an Otolaryngologist (ENT) and/or Audiologist for evaluation. Once an audiological evaluation has been completed and your hearing levels have been determined, the Audiologist will review this information with you. They then may refer you back to your physician and/or begin discussing hearing aid options with you, if appropriate.

Hearing Aid Questionnaire